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is legit. but we reached out to the defense department for details. u.s. officials said the drone malfunctioned and had to land. martha: u.s. national security taking its first big hit from looming defense budget cuts. we'll tell you what it is beginning to cut right now and why we are spending less on defense when our enemies are starting to spend a lot more. rick: millions of americans are bracing for what is expected to be a major winter storm. a live report from the fox weather center is coming up. martha: republicans are blasting the president's plan to delay spending cuts known as the sequester. john boehner says it's time to stop kicking the can down the road. >> washington desperately needs adult leadership. that's why republicans have twice voted to replace the sequester with common sense program that protect our national defense. martha: there evidence looming massive budget cuts is taking a toll on our defense. the pentagon is cutting our aircraft carriers from two to one to save money. look at these numbers. by 2015, russia's defense spending as part of their gdp is ex
's really not catching fire. a lot of defense industry lobbyists are giving republicans heat, they don't feel heat from the constituents because the constituents they think want to see real spending cuts. americans want spending cuts, they don't want political gains. >> i really do. i think when you look at the poll, americans still want smaller government and fewer services, aka spending cuts. i think this is the white house's big mistake, they're barking up the wrong tree. the only question i have, it is after all republicans, will they hang tough? in your opinion, you're closer to it, will they hang tough? >> i spent all day on capitol hill talking to house republicans privately saying what's going to happen between now and march 1st? they say the house leader has promised them privately they're not going to replace the sequester unless there are real cuts to replace the sequester, nothing else, tax reform, tinkering with the tax code, different kinds of cuts is not going to cut it because house republicans have been promised the sequester is going to happen unless it's a real solid
after the judge met with the prosecution and defense. they said most of the information is sealed for safety reasons. paul wagner covered this case from the beginning. you were in court today. the judge denied the media's request for the documents. did he say why? >> reporter: he did say why. he said in friel trial and post conviction hearings the right to access quo, is not absolute and has to yield in certain circumstances. judge fisher said this closure is essential and identifying the reasons would be harmful. we're talking about two private conversations that were held at the bench in december and january with the attorneys for the defense and the attorneys for the government. those conversations were sealed by the judge. what we understand those conversations were about was a trial witness that -- whatever this issue is with that trial witness was developed by the government. government prosecutors came to the judge with this information. what's in that information is sealed at this point because the judge said it has to do with safety reasons. he previously said that. >> wh
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they want answers to this, and if they don't get them the president's nominee for cia and defense could be held up. >> we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, prevent attacks and save american lives. these strikes are legal, ethical and wise. the u.s. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al qaeda terrorist, to insure precision and prevent loss of american lives. gregg: peter doocy joins us in washington. >> the first thing an american citizen has to do to be targeted is associate themselves with al qaeda operations. when they do that the juts is department says that out weighs their right to due process. >> we say that we only take these kinds of actions when there is an imminent threat when capture is not feasible and when we are confident we are doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international law. >> reporter: a secret justice department memo makes sure there does not have to be a known plot, just an imminent threat to target a citizen aligned with al qaeda. the first to be targeted was anwar al-awlaki.
the defense secretary, leon panetta, gave the okay for teams to operate certain rescue equipment. investigators tell fox news they're still working to determine exactly how he gunman died. so they probably know, they're not letting us know. one week ago he reportedly snatched the child from his school bus. shot and killed the school bus driver, in midland city, alabama, near the border. the sheriff said the suspect felt like he had a story. now that story could remain a mid. -- remain a mystery. >> we were never able to actually find out what his story was. he just continued to -- we know it was very important to him and very complex. we were never able to discover what the story was. >> here's what we do know. the young boy is set to celebrate his sixth birthday this week and you can bet his relatives will be there with him. jonathan is live. some birthday plans on the agenda. >> that's right. video i want to show you from the nearby town of napier field. their city officials have been collecting birthday cards for the bow throughout the whole ordeal. his actual birthday is tomo
own defense. she said she did it but claims she felt used. details are ahead. >>> plus, the fbi says the man who held that boy hostage in the bunker in lower alabama for nearly a week rigged the place with bombs and was preparing for violence when a swat team stormed the place. >>> and a fire fight took his life. new details coming up. one law maker says a financial apocalypse is coming. >>> the only way to save his state is for his state to start printing its own currency. from the impossible to believe, we bring you this. unless breaking news changes anything on studio b. first from fox at 3:00 in new york city, big changes are on the way for the u.s. postal service affecting every american who gets mail. the agency today announced it will stop some of its saturday deliveries as it tries to stem the losses of some 25 million dollars per day, per day. under the new plan set to take effect in august, the postal service will no longer deliver letters and first class mail on saturdays, but it will still deliver packages plus priority mail, express mail, and mail order medicine, everyth
blame for the debt crisis and looming sequestration deadline on the defense industry and he says they have not been on board pushing congress to make some sort of compromise and now, on the brink of something truly terrible. peggy fox with the story. >> there was a stupid way and a less stupid way to do this. let's at least default to the less stupid way. >> he told a northern virginia technology council that congress deserves most of the blame for the debt crisis, but so do they. >> you aught to take some of the blame, too. because every time there's been efforts to try to build a broader coalition to say, let's go ahead and take this on and get out of our individual, political fox holes and get out of our individual industry fox holes. most of you have said, well, i don't want to make this guy mad. >> a long list of ceo's who are part of the fix the debt council, mixing are most defense contractors. >> back in july, hosted a large stop sequestration rally. since then, the massive defense contractor headquarters here in fairfax county, has said very little, if anything, pub
the group and how they fit into the wider global terror network. >> the white house on defense over defense secretary nominee chuck hagel's explosive and contentious senate hearing. what are the chances that he'll get confirmed. >>> the dow closing above 14,000 for the very first time in years. will it continue? that's the big question. >>> but up first some brand new developments this out of alabama. that's where a 5-year-old boy remains hostage in an underground bunker. at this hour authorities sent a special message to the man holding him there, jimmy lee dykes. the standoff began five days ago when police say dykes kidnapped the boy from his school bus after shooting the driver. jonathan serrie is live at the scene in midland city, alabama. what's the latest? >> reporter: no resolution as the hostage standoff goes into a fifth afternoon. however, authorities say they are in constant communication with 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes communicating through the pvc pipe that provides ventilation from the surface to his underground bunker. authorities say they have no reason to believe that any
they are talking about, and there are photographs that had a whole other side of jodi arias. arias' defense is self defense. that's what she said. she said this was a tough relationship, that he was a sex maniac that threatened her with bodily harm, but a bullet casing and camera may tell a different story in the courtroom. and then there are the lies, one after the other that this woman told police. our sister network, hln has more. >> reporter: jodi arias could join three other women sitting on arizona's death row if found guilty as charged. the state carries out all post 1992 convictions byl lethal injection, and its courts gave the green light for witnesses to observe the entire execution process including insertion of the iv. the state is said to have only enough supply of the drug to carry out one more execution before it is forced to find another method. stokley was put to death last month, and they delivered the iv by cutting into his groin area. that's standard when they find problems getting an iv into the arm. the only woman to be executed in the state's history, ava dugan was put to dea
to be secretary of defense? >> well, i certainly -- >> richard haass? >> job interview would show up maybe a little more prepared. >> a little more prepared. >> okay, wait a minute. seriously. you are going to come out of that sound bite and say that? >> about what? >> regretting using certain words and phrases? good morning, everybody. f-bomb. it's friday. >> boom! >> good morning. >> february 1st. what? i'm serious. >> that's all you have? >> no. >> okay. >> no, i got more. >> let's roll some more tape. >> with us on set, he have with the president of the council on foreign relations, richard haass. the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. really? like the king of regretting statements. and in washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell, thank god. >> good morning. >> richard, that was something. >> my last confirmation hearing, i was told this hearing is not to show how smart you are or how dumb they are. it's to get you confirmed. at the end of the day, i'm not sure how many votes that changed. it's going to be
pain. to hear more of phyllis's story, visit lyrica.com. >>> a new secretary of defense or a new -- it's friday, february 1st, and this is "now." >>> joining me today political -- well, the first word i'm tripping up on the first word. politico senior white house reporter glenn thrush. national news editor for the morning times sam sifton, kiran simone and the always buzzy ben smith. for eight hours yesterday senate republicans directed their sharpest lines of inquiry towards defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. it's too bad most of it had nothing to do with the against defense department or what chuck hagel's record really says about what he might do with the defense department or really what chuck hagel's record actually is. freshman senator and deputy gum shoe ted cruz looked for needles in a haystack, parsing fragments of hagel's quotes circa 2006. >> in a speech on the floor of the senate you referred to israel's military campaign against the terrorist group hezbollah as a "sickening slaughter." now, i would suggest the characterizations. do you think it's right that israel was
company to fell victim to a siesh attack. >> new questions about secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel's performance during his confirmation hearing. the white house says hagel did a fine job in the face of gracive questioning but critics say the nebraska senator came off as ill prepared unable to deflect criticism about his record. look at this heated exchange between hagel and john mccain. >> will you answer the question. will you correct or inkofshth when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since svietnam. were you correct or incorrect? yes or no. >> my service di-- >> are you going to answer the question? the question is were you right or wrong? i would like to answer whether you were right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> well, i am not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> let the record show he refused to answer the question. >> he is the former chair of al gore's president committee in michigan. campaign consultant and national political correspondent for talk radio news service. thank you for joining us. >> il
much, mike emanuel down on capitol hill today. jon: meantime outgoing defense secretary lee on panetta on capitol hill right now on the a hearing for the benghazi terror attack where he addressed the pentagon's response to the assault on our consulate on september 11th. four americans, including our ambassador to libya, died in that attack. this comes just a day after mr. panetta emotionally charged parting speech to students at georgetown university where he blasted the massive defense cuts known as the sequester, set to go into effect just weeks from now. >> if sequester happens, let me tell you some of the results. we will furlough as many as 800,000 dod civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that will impact on our economy? you don't think that's going to impact on jobs? you don't think that's going to impact on our ability to recover from the recession? jon: mr. panetta also deliver ad stark warning about the scale and scope of cyber attacks on this country saying they could cripple the united states. >> we are li
happen. defense secretary panetta meet the u.s. congress. good morning, everyone. i'm brian shactman. any saturday mail you might miss can easily be delivered by twitter. thanks for joining us on this thursday, february 7th. an unexpected move by the white house on those not so secret drone memos. this as the president's pick for the cia director heads to capitol hill to defend his record as mastermind of the drone program. plus, republicans pick their guy to respond to the president's state of the union address. we'll explain what it means for the party moving forward. >>> a little later, a big snowstorm expected to dump up to two feet of snow in parts of new england. we'll show you who will be the hardest hit straight ahead. first, let's get to the news live here at 5:30 a.m. eastern time at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with new developments involving the nation's highly secretive drone campaign. members of congress demanding more details into how the administration justifies the targeted killing of american citizens. the white house says president obama has directed the departmen
of sort of crystalizing what it is his job is. you know, when you are secretary of defense, yes, you are part of the decision-making team for the national security in this country. but at the end of the day, you don't operate in a vacuum. you know, you operate with the secretary of state, the national security advisor and at the end of the day president barack obama is the one who makes decisions. you take out those decisions. to some extent. i had this conversation. i was sort of dealing with this in my mind. they were trying to get him on iran and, like he is horrible on iran. at the end of the day, you know, to some extent the military the defense department is in a vacuum here unless the president orders military the defense department really doesn't -- it's irrelevant whether or not he believes in sanctions or not. >> i think it's pretty ridiculous what these meetings have turned into with cabinet members. we saw it more after barack obama is president. this is chuck hagel, a bona fide war hero a veteran, a republican. >> check. >> a former senator
and shooting him in what she claims is self-defense. this dramatic murder trial gets you know way again in arizona. adam housley has the latest. he is watching it from los angeles. so she's been testifying adam about the relationship between herself and the man she now admits she killed. at times it has been really graphic stuff. tell us about it. >> reporter: graphic including their personal relationship as well. she came out right away first day on stand and first thing basically said she admitted killing him. over the course of the next two days on the stand so day one, day two, this would be day three she has methodically gone through every relationship she had with the help of course of her defense team over the course of her time since high school up until now. at the end of the day yesterday when she finally started talking about her relationship with travis alexander, the man she is accused of killing back in 2008. and they're starting to get into what appears to be a line of questioning that will lead her to say that he was controlling and potentially abusive. but, jon, we'll k
somebody. >> as sheila davalloo presented the case for her own defense, she boiled it down to this. the state's case is flimsy. >>> very good morning to you. coming up on "early today," baltimore celebrates a super bowl victory complete with a power outage. >>> a powerful halftime show, and some super-sized ads and one heck of a game, all straight ahead. >>> plus, president obama takes his gun control message as mountain michael bloomberg sticks to the nra with a powerful ad. >>> plus, the 5-year-old hostage held hostage in alabama heads into the fifth day. >>> leon panetta talks about life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just life and death decisions and says rumor of a death are just that. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good monday morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with a developing tragedy in southern california. a bus carrying a tour group from tijuana collided with mountains killing eight and injurings more. authorities say the driver reported brake problems as the bus came down the mountain. it rear ended a car before
rhetoric. romney was unwilling to cut defense, he said nothing about social security. it has to be means tested, he danced around medicare that is a monster that is out of control, only program he was willing to name he would actually cut was big bird stipend if you remember. charles: you started talking about a housing bubble. now for many, we have only just hitterra firma, -- terra firma, but you say already that is a bubble. if that is so is the only bright spot in the economy we're in trouble. >> it is just the same money printing by the fed, if we lock at these markets that were badly injured, during the bust. phoenix, and southern california, florida, this is all, you know hedge fund money. lbo money, fast money coming in buying them by the dozens and hundreds, they are in their for a trade, this is not healthy. these are single family homes spread out in former subprime neighborhoods, there has never been in last 50 years any real economy basis for insteadal visitors -- institutional investor on wildcats to own single family homes in scottsdale, this is easy money, chasing prices
saturday morning. >> it's a good thing it's on the weekend. >>> defense secretary leon panetta's rough almost last day on benghazi. >>> plus, david beckham's last for foray into the real word. that's on "early today" returns. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. while being grilled by the senate armed services committee outgoing defense secretary leon panetta strongly defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social
on chuck hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense has been abruptly postponed. the senate arms services committee says it needs more information about hagel's paid speeches and business dealings. a number of republicans have raised concerns about whether the former senator has accepted payments for consulting work from "foreign sources." hagel insists he's already disclosed all the required information and despite the delay his supporters say they're still confident that he will be confirmed. >>> the man hagel has been tapped to replace is offering a new warning about the threats facing this country in what could be one of the final speeches as defense secretary. leon panetta telling an audience at georgetown university that the u.s. is at risk of a cyber pearl harbor. >> we are literally the target of thousands of cyber attacks every day. every day. thousands of cyber attacks that are striking at the private sector, striking silicon valley and other institutions within our society, striking government. strike at the defense department and our intelligence agencies. and cy
my eye on the puck. >> you have an offensive and defensive coordinateorcoordinator. what do you do? >> and all that matters. >> snow emergency in the city of boston will go into effect at noontime, stay off the streets of our city basically stay home. >> the good news if you like snow we're going to have some. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the worst hit is boston expecting five-foot snow drifts. my god! if that happens to new york we won't find our mayor until spring! >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose is off today. anthony mason is with us. as you're waking up in the west police in southern california may be closing in on a former officer who declared war on his own. christopher dorner is accused of shooting two police officers yesterday in river side california, killing one of them. he was already wanted for killing a young couple. the dragnet stretches for hundreds of miles across southern california, but this morning, the focus is on big bear outside los angeles. ben tracy is there, ben, good morning. >> reporter: norah and anthony good morning.
an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator. right. >> what do you do. >> -- and all that matters -- >> will go into effect at noontime. stay off the streets of our city. basically stay home. >> the good news, i guess if you like snow, is that we're going to have some. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> worst history will be boston which is expected five-foot snow drifts. my god, if that happens to new york, we won't find our mayor till spring. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." charlie rose is off. anthony mason is with us. a potentially record-breaking blizzard is ready to slam the northeast this morning. >> one part of the system is coming in from the midwest. blizzard warnings are posted from new york to boston with up to 2 feet of snow forecast and damaging winds. the worst is expected to hit tonight and continue into tomorrow morning. >> we're covering all angles of the blizzard from the storm's path to those travel headaches and we start with seth doane in new york city. seth already some snowflakes. >> reporter: that's right
. >> the mayor on the defensive after a privately commissioned report indicated that if nothing is done to the city's budget, baltimore will be in financial ruin by fiscal year 2022. take a closer look at the numbers assuming a continuation of closer -- programs and policies conducted by the city on the carry forward basis. in 10 years the city will be $745 million in the whole. add to that an additional $1.30 billion for failing infrastructure as well as health-care and pension benefits for retirees and you are talking more than $2 billion in the hole. >> i believe this report is a week of call to the city saying we need to get the finances in order. our expenses are somewhat less than our revenue. >> a towson university economist said the numbers are concerning especially because the city cannot tax its way out without losing more residents and businesses. the report points out baltimore's property tax and income tax rates are the highest in the state. unfortunately, pension reform is the big elephant in the room, the economist said and the mayor has a terribly hard job ahead of her.
on the table. defense, just as in a north korean video shows big american city could be new york city in ruins from the ballistic missile strike. the guy who says this is downright dangerous. gas prices have never been higher. the white house missing a golden opportunity to tap into someing that would bring them lower. it is all around us. find out what that liz: gas prices this time of year have never been higher, but instead of more drilling, washington stalling. members are faulty. energy research firm saying washington is lowballing the amount of cash and jobs more drilling here would generate. daniel, can you give us ballpark numbers you're talking about what drilling would add to the u.s. economy in terms of tax revenues and revenues overall? >> you bet. most people are familiar with what is going on in north dakota, down in texas and louisiana and around the country where we are producing private land. government land 96% are basically untouched and what it could mean is in excess of $450 billion per year in gdp growth, and 20 times as much as the government is talking the ministrations
, he is spushingpushing for his man to be the new secretary of defense. leon panetta was on "meet the press" yesterday commenting about chuck hagel's appearance last week in front of the senate foreign relations committee but first, leon defending hagel and said they weren't asking the most important questions. >> they talked a lot about post quotes. but what about when a secretary of defense is confronting today? what about the war on terrorism? the budget sequester? what about middle east turmoil? what about cyber attacks? all of the issue that con front a secretary of defense, we did not see enough time spent on discussing those issues and in the end, that's what counts. >> you are fully confident chuck hagel is prepared to take over? >> absolutely. >> bill: do you think he will get confirmed? what about tcmi hearing? i have seen chuck hagle. he used to be on crossfire. he is good under cross examination. >> let's talk about that. but yes, he is going to get confirmed. there are 55 democrats who are going to vote for him. two republicans have already
, this defensive player. of course, it wouldn't be national signing day with a little intrigue. it's gotten so weird and out of hand. all the kids have a press conference. they announce it on espn. alex collins had committed to arkansas but he could not make it official at his press conference. >> did you hear this, mika? >> because they couldn't find the letter of intent that he has to sign. where was it? his mother had taken and hidden it because she didn't want him to move so far from home to play for arkansas. >> great story. >> and said she wants him to stay close to home in florida and play for miami. the school couldn't talk about him because they hadn't signed him technically. his mom had hidden the letter because she didn't want him to leave home. >> i heard she came to school where he was going to have the press conference, grabbed the letter and ran home with it. >> you think he's going to hear about that for the rest of his life? mama took your letter. vanderbilt in the 19th best class. impossible. unheard of. james franklin is changing it. it's a whole new game. >> if stanford can
numbers. the fourth-quarter gdp all because of inventory and defense spending, other components are growing. first quarter will be 2% growth, so the productivity number will still be weak in the first quarter but not as bad as that in the fourth quarter. connell: give me a bottom line. even after the recession everything we have been through, people still coming out and telling us what is wrong with the economy. >> there are two or three good things going on. consumer sentiment has been at about a 2% rate, 70% of the economy, second housing is recovering. we would not have decent recovery without housing. third, an energy boom going on adding a lot of jobs in parts of the country, places like that, so quite a few right spots in the economy. connell: there we go. pretty well put together. thank you. >> my pleasure. dagen: thinking about the cloud in more and more states. connell: a winner in the big powerball jackpot somewhere in virginia. one of her relatives. dagen: why wouldn't it be? we all play the lottery. right? and the woman defense cuts costing one carrier group in the p
. as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> while defense secretary leon panetta steps up to take on chuck hagel's critics. >> that's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. >> that's what you think it was? it was totally partisan? >> what disappointed me is they talked a lot about past quotes, but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? what about the war in afghanistan? what about the war on terrorism? what about the budget sequester? >> and baltimore parties all night after the ravens' victory over the 49ers. the highest rated super bowl in history produced enough power for beyonce, but what triggered that 34 minute blackout? >> as the nfl works feverishly to get the power back on. we have a moment as the players now beginning to realize this may be a little bit of a delay as different players are setting out on the field starting to stretch, starting to stay loose. really as bewilledered as the rest of the crowd here. >> did brotherly love prevail over sibling rivalry? >> going against these years, you had a feeling he would come roaring
, it's important for us to make sure we've got a strong national defense and that we reduce our spending in a smart way. those of us who are luckiest in the society to close a few loopholes and deductions that the average american doesn't get. if that's the choice that we've got, i promise you we can win that debate because we're on the right side of this argument. i hope -- i expect that you guys will be with me on that. last point i'll make, obviously economic growth is a priority. making sure that we're opening up opportunity for everybody is also important. that's why emgregs reform is so critical. i said this is going to be a top priority and an early priority of my administration. i am heartened to see republicans and democrats starting to be in a serious conversation about getting this done. now is the time. i recognize that the politics aren't always easy. there are regionable variations. i understand that in some places this may end up being a tough issue, but what i also know is that part of our strength is our youth and our dynamism and our history of attracting talen
to little to reveal anything substantive about chuck hagel, defense secretary, the pink panther style sleuthing did reveal much about their feelings regarding barack obama, president. of the many, many actually relevant items left largely off the table? not one question about drones, despite the fact the u.s. has carried out 362 drone strikes since 2004. troop suicides, of which there were as many as 349 last year alone were mentioned twice. rapes inside the military estimated at 19,000 per year got five passing mentions. while israel was brought up 166 times yesterday, afghanistan, the longest running war in american history, and one that has cost almost 2,000 american lives was brought up 20 times. glen thrush, i ask you, the hearings yesterday, were they ever even meant to be hearings, or was it a trial for the obama administration? >> i was just struck by the great positive energy that chuck hagel was giving off at these hearings. didn't he look like he had just been abduct and pushed out of a moving vehicle? >> he was facing eight hours of questioning that as we showed at the beg
for defense secretary leon panetta as he warns about slashing the defense budget. >>> friends and coauthors tyrese gibson and reverend run join us in the studio to talk about their new book "manolo >>> right now friends and family are saying their final good-byes to a civil rights pioneer. christine jones, former mayor state delegate died after rescuers pulled her from her burning home in temple hills. jones was the first african-american to represent prince george's county in the general assembly. funeral service is under way on martin luther king avenue in southeast d.c. >>> farewell ceremony for out going defense secretary leon panetta. one of his last acts as defense secretary was testifying before the senate armed services committee. he discussed last year's deadly attack in benghazi and said budget cuts slowed down america's response to that attack. he also said the looming sequestration across the board spending cuts on march 1st would cause even more damage to america's national defense strategy. >>> storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein joining us now. it's bad up east? >> fortunately
was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creation initiative the president has put forward. >> i want to bring in "washington post" political reporter karen tumelty and michael crowley. good morning. >> nice to be here. >> he asked the chairman of the white house council on economic advisers if washington is the biggest problem, including the sequester. here's what he said. >> this is something that the president has provided a plan. the sequester is bad policy. it's somet
as a hero for protecting the other children on the school bus before he was shot. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is defending the government's controversial drone program and reveals that as a catholic he grapples with making life and death decisions. secretary panetta tells abc's "meet the press" that decisions to target suspected terrorists with drone strikes don't come lightly and that u.s. officials make sure they are focused on somebody who is a direct threat to the united states while trying to limit collateral damage. you can watch chuck todd's full interview with the defense secretary on line. that's at meetthepressnbc.com. >>> this morning the baltimore ravens are the super bowl champions after defeating the san francisco 49ers 34-31 in a game that went down to the wire but not without a hitch. nbc's jay gray reports on all the festivities from the big easy. >> reporter: after a week of preparations and parties -- ♪ [ cheers ] >> reporter: the action moved inside. ♪ >> reporter: a poignant start. ♪ spacious skies >> reporter: students from sandy hook elementary singing "am
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